Timely wordsThread Started November 1 at 10:24PM
Contrary to popular opinion, the fact that someone is not inclined to accept the supernatural does not make that person devoid of feeling, or incapable of appreciating inspirational writings.
I was at a performance on the weekend where one of our local choirs sang this "Summer Blessing". I found the words quite moving, and thought they were quite apt for the times. I've tried, without success to find the source on Google, so I have no idea from whence they come...
May these long summer days be peaceful
May the hurt of your year fade away
May our love and our labour be fruitful
May the people become less afraid
May respect be stronger than judgement
May forgiveness be stronger than pain
May the rain fall again in due season
May the passion to sing never wane
Reply on November 2, 2017 03:29 AM << Modifed November 2 at 5:51AM >>
back to posting about how the government is putting chemicals in juice to make kids gay, I guess. That'll get a response. At least a video or three.
Reply on November 2, 2017 02:16 PM
Craig, that's lovely words. Not being inclined towards the spiritual stuff in the 'god and ghosts' sense certainly doesn't make you devoid of feeling, or incapable of appreciating art and beauty, both natural and created.
The way I see it is, I still see all the colours. I don't need to feel like someone put them there just for me to appreciate them.
Reply on November 2, 2017 03:20 PM
Absolutely, Emma. Or as our friend Mr Adams put it:
"Isn't it enough to see that the garden is beautiful, without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it?"
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Reply on November 2, 2017 05:07 PM
In the past, its been my point to say that people can be gentle, understanding and loving, without ever haven read a Bible or being influenced by any God...So I don't find it unusual that we will come across those kind of people through-out ours lives....That I choose to believe has nothing to do with anyone else...we are born with free will...
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Reply on November 4, 2017 10:50 AM
Those are lovely lyrics, CD. They remind me, lyrically, a bit of a piece we used to sing in college choir called "till we meet again"( I think) Idk if it is the same piece.
Your, and Sark's lovely comments got me to thinking on my old college singing days in a college choir. Though I was quite a heathen at the time, I remember often standing in the middle of choir, often being totally enraptured by the sheerly beautiful music being created. Often times it was of the sacred variety. This I think was God's way of keeping me in His grasp. So I'd be careful going to those choir concerts Craig. Lol. There was and is nothing more glorious than being a part of a beautiful Bach chorale, or a Mendelssohn one, or Handel. Then when we would go on our annual mass, state choir weekend. Though we partied heartily, it was the music that I remember. Quite a soul changing experience to this guy.
Hey Craig, I know you love music, as I. I think you probably have similar tastes to mine. I wonder if you have ever heard a choral piece by modern composer Eric Whitaker called "when David heard". It is the most ominously beautiful and original choral piece I have ever heard. It consists mostly of two words."my son". I imagine it is the composer's rendition of King David's torment over hearng of the death of his son. It is amazingly beautiful. Check it out.
On a more personal, testimonial vein.... I have for the last week or so been battling a bit of a bout with some feelings of a spiritual helplessness, and self loathing, but then yesterday I got an email notification about an old, forgotten poem that I entered into a contest long ago on another poetry site, that suddenly, out of nowhere, received a comment from someone. ( Which never happens.)
Here's the poem:
The Rock Party-
Sometimes we unwittingly put God in a box, and then when we least expect it... He jumps out yelling "Surprise!, I AM still the GreatI I AM."
This kind of peace of
"The Rock" makes me happy.
That was EXACTLY what my problem was. I had been guilty of being powerless by putting God in that box.
My Lord somehow dug that poem out of the digital abyss of forgotten poetry and touched that person, wherever he is, to touch me. Wow!
Talk about life imitating art!
Now a few minutes ago, , I just listened to a Christian speaker confirm this to me by talking of how we often put God in a box.
My loving Lord is so awesome!!!
Now I hope to comment a bit on Emma's great gun control diatribe. And , Lord willing, I'll get some time to see what Cahilll's "conspiracy theories" thread unleashes in me. Lol.
Blessings from flyover country.
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Reply on November 4, 2017 01:15 PM
I had to add this comment to what you just said...there is a gospel singer that went to South Africa to create a Music Video...there is a song he sings, with a very simple title "God is Good"..but he sings it with a South African musical beat, wow how that song, and simple words can make one appreciate just how good God is...just had to mention that, as I can understand how the love of the Lord can touch one's heart...
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